CNN host: 'Crazy talk' to say Trump could stand up to Hannity

CNN host Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday joked that it would be "crazy talk" to think that President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE would sign a congressional spending bill after Fox News host Sean Hannity called the proposal “garbage.”

Camerota and co-host John Berman, frequent critics of Hannity, made the comment after Berman suggested that Trump could resist Hannity's comments and agree to the tentative deal lawmakers struck on border security on Monday.


"The president does have an option, which is to stand up to Sean Hannity, that is always an option available to him," Berman said on "New Day."

"He doesn’t have to do what Sean Hannity says here. He could say, 'we’re getting this barrier, it’s better for the 800,000 federal workers if they get paid.' "

"Stop your crazy talk," Camerota responded.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) told reporters on Monday night that a bipartisan group of negotiators had "reached an agreement in principle" on a new congressional spending bill.

A source told The Hill that the measure would include, among other things, $1.375 billion for physical barriers, the same amount included in the fiscal 2018 bill.

Trump has repeatedly demanded $5 billion for a wall along the southern border, and he refused to sign the previous bill that lacked his requested funds, leading to a 35-day partial government shutdown.

Hannity on Monday quickly panned the proposed deal, saying that any "Republican that supports this garbage compromise" would have to "explain."

"By the way, on this new so-called compromise, I am getting details ... $1.3 billion?" Hannity asked. "That's not a — not even a wall, a barrier? I'm going to tell [you] this tonight, we will get back into this tomorrow. Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain [that.]"

Lawmakers have so far declined to expand on comprehensive details of a compromise, but some have noted that neither party would be completely content with the provisions.

"There's not a single one of us who's going to get every single thing we want, but nobody does. But we are going to get what is best for the United States," Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said.

Trump said Monday at a rally in El Paso, Texas, that he would build a border wall regardless of if Congress approved funding for it.